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Cognition and Olfaction: A Review

Richardson, John T. E. and Zucco, Gesualdo M. (1989). Cognition and Olfaction: A Review. Psychological Bulletin, 105(3) pp. 352–360.

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Abstract

Examines research in cognitive psychology, which has in the past paid little attention to the olfactory modality. But there is now a significant body of literature on the role of the olfactory system in memory and cognition. Human beings possess an excellent ability to detect and discriminate odors, but they typically have great difficulty in identifying particular odorants. This results partly from the use of an impoverished and idiosyncratic language to describe olfactory experiences, which are normally encoded either in a rudimentary sensory form or as part of a complex but highly specific biographical episode. Consequently, linguistic processes play only a very limited role in olfactory processing, whereas hedonic factors seem to be of considerable importance.

Item Type: Journal Item
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 49905
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 15:13
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49905
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